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Keats - 1984 Keats

ALBUM: Keats
SERIAL: ST-17136
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1996, 2004, 2007 Renaissance, RMED-111 (with bonus tracks), 1996, See For Miles, SEECD 447


LINEUP: Colin Blunstone - vocals * Ian Bairnson - guitars * David Paton - bass * Stuart Elliott - drums * Pete Bardens - keyboards * Richard Cottle - sax, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heaven Knows * 02 Tragedy * 03 Fight To Win * 04 Walking On Ice * 05 How Can You Walk Away * 06 Turn Your Heart Around * 07 Avalanche * 08 Give It Up * 09 Ask No Questions * 10 Night Full Of Voices * 11 Hollywood Heart * 12 Interview - Ian Bairnson and Alan Parsons

A few months back, Eric Abrahamsen reviewed an early 70's album by singer Colin Blunstone. A talented Englishman, he turns up on this mid-80's project called Keats, which is a collection of Alan Parsons Project alumni doing AOR. Not forgetting the alumni of UK popsters Pilot (Bairnson and Paton) - a band well known to 70's pop fans as well as Eric! Produced by Alan Parsons himself, the personnel were inspired to come together in conjunction with APP vocalist Eric Woolfson - seeing an opportunity to create a band situation outside of the APP environment. Despite the connotation with the famous English poet John Keats, the band was named after Woolfson's favourite restaurant of the same name. Other key figures included former Camel keyboardist Pete Bardens, and session man Richard Cottle (refer John Parr).

The Songs
Incredibly, I recall reading a review of this in Sounds Magazine, and it wasn't very flash. Having heard the album just recently, I am glad to say that the review wasn't very accurate. Keats is a classy and well-produced affair that will appeal to all APP, I-Ten and Charlie fans - without a doubt. In fact I would go as far to say that this is a closet classic from 1984 - an album that should be better known by all AORsters. I guess that is why this website is in existence! lol! There is not a weak track here. The first single 'Turn Your Heart Around' was also released as a video. Check out the AOR perfection of 'Ask No Questions' or the pure Charlie influence of 'Fight To Win'. Beautiful stuff. The whole album deserves a thorough listen..

In Summary
Because of its poor showing during the 80's, the album was conveniently hidden in the background by EMI. A shame really. But thankfully In 1994, the label finally released the album on disc in Japan. Predictably when that disc went out of print, See For Miles Records picked up the slack. Since then though, controversial label Renaissance Records released this album in America with all musical tracks, plus two interview tracks - one with Alan Parsons, the other with Ian Bairnson. A great slice of AOR and very much recommended for fans of both Alan Parsons Project and Charlie.

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#1 | Eric on April 22 2007 16:46:10
Where I live at least, I still hear 'Walking On Ice' on the radio. Agree-a fine record that seems to get better as time goes by...
#2 | dangerzone on August 19 2007 21:35:25
'Fight To Win', very impressive piece of AOR indeed. Would love to hear more of this one!
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:08:15
This was quite well recieved back in '84 when it was released . Soundwise this incorporates all those bands in it's sound, so if you like any of those, this is well worth tracking down. Material wise this is lite, although the quality of the material can't be denied & is pretty impressive throughout, with 'Heaven Knows','Tragedy', 'Walking On Ice' & 'Turn Your Heart Around' being the choice picks
#4 | Nick C on August 31 2008 16:05:13
Nice release, very 'English' feel about it - I remember sitting in my mates garage (done up with carpets fridge and obvious record player) quaffing beer /cider whatever was to hand through a haze of incense on numerous ocassions listening to my mates copy of this. That memory prompted me to grab it on CD a couple of years back - like getting in touch with an old friend.
#5 | trillion1999 on October 18 2011 15:27:06
Fight To Win is my favorite-track from this one.Charlie you say? I need to hear everything by those guys.Frown
#6 | gdazegod on October 18 2011 16:02:24
YouTube Video:
#7 | Tom Redmond on October 09 2012 23:07:54
I had forgotton all about this cd. Have to admit I quite like Hollywood Heart.
#8 | swazi on October 10 2012 22:50:53
I just had this one spinning in my car the other day. Fabulous stuff, as far as I am concerned! The track "How can you walk away" gives me goose pimples just thinking about it.
#9 | englandashes on November 10 2012 12:32:40
Colin has opened his new album, 'On The Air Tonight' with the tune 'Turn Your Heart Around'. Still touring!, and again at nearby Wavendon stables, might just go again!
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